My plans for the future involve building strength in each of the focal areas of my research program, as outlined above. Specifically, I plan to build on the initial pilot projects related to each of these research areas by using the preliminary data as a leverage to attract additional external support through the National Institute of Health (NIH) and similar funding sources in 2019. Current grants in progress include a R01 application expanding upon my research related to PrEP utilization among substance using women and a R21 to conduct research on the sexual health of transgender women.   In addition, as these initial pilot projects mature over the next few years I plan to focus on publishing results while expanding on my knowledge of integrating health education and technology. My specific publication plans, including probable authors, title, and possible publication outlet, for the next two years, are as follows: 

Turn IT UP!

TURN IT (Transgender Unique Resources and Networking through Internet Technology) UP! addresses the need to develop a transgender-specific internet-based interventions and resources for sexual health promotion and practice. This study is conducted in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University ( to promote equity, health and wellness among transgender women and feminine individuals

Sexual Socialization of Transgender Female Youth

The goal of this study is to understand the underlying dynamics and context of understudied, frequently misunderstood developmental factors, that influence-sexual behavior and uptake of HIV prevention strategies among transgender female youth using photovoice.

Anti-Racism 101

Anti-Racism 101 is an educational project that confronts prejudice through the discussion of past and present racism, stereotyping and discrimination in society. It addresses racism directly and focused on the cognitive aspects.

Love Study

The purpose of the LOVE (Learning Options through Video Education) Study was to explore the factors that facilitate and impede young adult Black women’s interest in or PrEP and investigate the feasibility of using a brief e-health intervention to increase awareness and motivation for PrEP. .

Put Yourself First Video

The narrative, eHealth intervention, Put Yourself First, is an animated, HIV PrEP educational video designed to meet the needs of cisgender women who engage in sex with men.